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Picturesque Places Not To Miss In Cornwall

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Cornwall is a county filled with so many beautiful spots to explore.

Today we’re sharing with you a number of spots to visit this weekend, to find a little escape. These picturesque locations are faultless if you’re after that perfect photograph, or simply want to feel like you’re stepping back in time.

Some villages still remain untouched and others will always hold their Cornish charm which will always be adored.

St Ives

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St Ives is a stunning seaside town in the west of Cornwall. An extremely popular tourist destination and the perfect treat for any weekend afternoon.

This beautiful location is like no other, take a walk along the town which arcs wonderfully around the working harbour.

Pop yourself on a bench with a pasty in hand and overlook the fishermen going about their day. Stroll along and breathe in that fresh sea air, admire the beautiful views of the colourful houses, bobbing boats and spot Godrevy lighthouse in the distance.

There are loads of independent shops to discover as you make your way through cobbled streets - you’ll never know what treats you may find. Head down to Porthmeor beach, kick off your shoes and feel the white sand in-between your toes.

There are plenty of walks to enjoy and it’s a great way to gain a new perspective of the town. You could walk towards ‘The Island’, a peninsula - creating spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Overlook the entire town and see if you can still spot Godrevy lighthouse in the distance.

There are galleries to get you and the family inspired, such as The Tate Gallery - filled with beautiful art. Perhaps you fancy taking a dip? You could take a surfing lesson or even hire a boat.

The town is filled with pubs, restaurants and fish and chip shops to choose from which will top your day off perfectly.

St Ives has a busy events calendar and is one of the most colourful and exciting places to be with events such as the New Year. One thing is for sure, it will have you coming back for more…

Port Issac

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Port Issac is an adorable little fishing village sat among the north Cornish coast hidden within a narrow sheltered valley.

Back in the day, this village was a coastal port from the middles ages until the 19th century. Cargoes of stone, coal, timber and pottery would be loaded and shipped all over the world. Today, the harbour still remains active with busy fishermen coming and going.

Take a relaxing stroll through the village and adventure through winding streets, whilst admiring the enchanting 18th and 19th century cottages.

Don’t forget to search for the narrowest thoroughfare in Britain known as ‘Squeezy Belly Alley’, something definitely not to be missed!

This is a village with tons of character and it’s no surprise that it’s become a popular location for TV and film makers to fall in love with. With the likes of grumpy Doc Martin and Poldark, it seems this wonderful part of Cornwall is filled with beauty that certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.

There are plenty of pubs and restaurants to happily fill your belly. And perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to watch Fisherman’s Friends perform in their beloved hometown!

Mevagissey

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Along the south Cornish coast, you’ll find the beautiful Mevagissey. A Cornish fishing village, filled with rich history, just five miles south of St Austell.

Many years ago, this quiet town used to be busy with a tradition of boat building, fishery and smuggling dating back to 1745. This inspiring village still remains a working harbour with fishing boats still bobbing away.

There’s so much to explore - take a walk and admire the old buildings and cottages made out of cob and slate. Browse through plenty of art galleries and unique shops, as you’re bound to find a handmade item to cherish. There’s even a folk museum, aquarium and a few beaches to discover to keep the kids busy!

It will be a day well spent as you explore the charm this unique village has to offer. Take a walk up towards Polkirt Hill and admire the view over the quirky streets, glistening harbour and golden sands of Polstreath Beach. Could there be a finer afternoon?

Take an evening stroll along the moon-lit harbour and grab yourself a bite to eat in one of Mevagissey’s finest fish restaurants. Or why not top off your day with some fish and chips by the harbour side? Bliss!

Mousehole

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Between Penzance and Land’s End sits Mousehole, a tiny fishermen’s village filled with original Cornish character. All across the beautiful harbour there are views of yellow-lichened houses and colourful bobbing boats to feast your eyes upon.

The harbour and houses are protected from the strong force of the sea causing chaos across Mounts Bay by two powerful breakwaters. Mousehole is certainly a popular tourist destination, superb for family days out for beach breaks upon the quiet sandy beach. Your family will feel at peace in this village, with the chance to explore and find fun around every corner.

Roam around while discovering galleries and lovely little shops. Make sure you visit the plaque of Dolly Pentreath - allegedly the last person to be a fluent native speaker of Cornish! It was her first language and it’s a wonderful memory for the village to share with others. You can spot it as you come down from the car park at the top of the village and head down towards the harbour - you’ll spot the plaque just outside of where she lived.

Take the family on a walk along the beautiful coastal path to Lamorna Cove, absorb the sights of stunning coves, catch glimpse of the satellite dishes at Goonhilly and look out for the lighthouse at Tater-Du.

Settle down in the evening as there are plenty of family friendly pubs and restaurants to choose from! Sounds like a lovely day out huh?

Padstow

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Padstow, situated in North Cornwall, is a charming town with a working fishing port. Filled with sandy beaches, friendly faces and rugged coastline. There’s seven lovely bays for the whole family to discover, all within a five-minute drive from the town. Walk and explore the many coves that Padstow has to offer, catch a snap of the colourful boats sitting pretty in the harbour and browse the cute shops throughout the town.

If walking is something you love, there are plenty of paths to choose from. The Camel Trail is a very popular trail that runs along an unused rail line, it’s perfect for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

If you’re wanting to create a splash, perhaps you’d like to hop on board a boat trip, do a spot of fishing or go sailing. If you have time to spare, you could take the Padstow Rock ferry named ‘Black Tor’ which runs between Padstow and Rock throughout the day at twenty minute intervals.

If fresh and locally produced food is what you’re after, look no further! There are plenty of great restaurants scattered throughout the town. Padstow is famous for restaurants of celebrity chefs, including Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth - you’re in for a treat.

Polperro

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Polperro is the perfect location for all of the photography buffs out there! Become inspired with the narrow and winding streets - there will be picturesque views everywhere you turn.

Enjoy magnificent views of the harbour, coastal views and fishermen’s cottages perched upon the hills. Roam freely throughout the vehicle-free streets and take your time browsing through quirky shops.

Polperro was once a thriving location for the area with smuggling. You can discover amazing facts about Polperro’s history at the Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing. Simply step back in time and get a real feel of this stunning village’s colourful past. View the vast collection of ship models, discover stories of smugglers and ponder about how life must have been back in the day.

Take a walk east to Talland Bay and Looe, or head west to Lansallos, Lantic Bay and Polruan; each direction providing outstanding coastal views. Perhaps you’d enjoy a boat ride towards Looe, do a spot of shark fishing or simply relax on one of the empty beaches and stare out to the calm sea...

Charlestown

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The little village, Charlestown is located in the south of Cornwall and was once a Georgian ‘new town’.

Back in the day it was an established location for exporting China Clay and still exports a small amount every year to this day. Boat building and rope making was also a significant income for the new town.

Visiting this village, you will almost instantly feel it's rich history, a location that feels untouched. The remarkable harbour can be seen with a fleet of square riggers ships - you can usually see at least one of these magnificent ships in the harbour with the coastline creating a stunning backdrop.

Exploding with character, this town is beaming with history and culture. You can explore and learn all about the village’s history at the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, that is wonderfully on public display alongside treasured artefacts.

Charlestown, rich with unspoiled beauty is yet another village popular for film and television locations such as Poldark. Entering this village, you’ll feel like you have stepped back in time. It’s a location for the entire family to absolutely adore.

We’d love to see your photos! Send us over a selfie of you outside Doc’s house on Roscarrack Hill or maybe a shot of you trying to get through Squeezy Belly Alley. Twitter: @PirateFM, Instagram: @cornwallspiratefm

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